Minnesota is home to more than 61,000 clean energy jobs, and the sector is growing 2.5 times faster than the state’s overall job growth. That is according to a new analysis of energy jobs data by Clean Energy Trust and the national nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), released by Clean Energy Economy MN (CEEM) in April 2019.
The report found clean energy industries in the state added 2,737 jobs in 2018 and that more Minnesotans are now employed in clean energy than in the education, banking and med-tech industries. Energy efficiency jobs continue to be the largest sector for Minnesota clean energy employment, accounting for three-quarters of all clean energy jobs in the state.
That statistic is not surprising to those who work in the field, including Matt Haley, president of Energy Insight, Inc. The company helps utilities and businesses reduce electric and natural gas energy usage in commercial-industrial and multi-family residential facilities.
“Energy Insight has grown significantly in the past few years, continually seeking new talent to meet demand for skilled energy engineers, energy analysts and support personnel,” said Matt Haley, president of Energy Insight, Inc. “We are proud to create well-paying, high-tech jobs that benefit the environment and contribute to Minnesota’s clean energy economy.”
Nearly 40 percent of the clean energy jobs identified in the new report are located in Greater Minnesota. That also matches Energy Insight’s experience. While the company is based in Chanhassen, Minn., employees live and work in communities across the state.
“I am excited by the rapid growth we are seeing in clean energy jobs and the potential that holds for our state’s future, especially in Greater Minnesota,” said Minnesota Governor Tim Walz in a CEEM press release about the report. “It is our economic and moral responsibility to take action on climate change, and this report is proof we can do so in a way that also creates high quality jobs.”
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